MLIS Graduate Courses

LIS 505 Archival and Manuscript Services (3)
Selection, organization, and uses of archival and manuscript collections. Emphasis on the principles and techniques; some attention to the administration of state archival and historical institutions' collections. Lecture, demonstration, and laboratory.

LIS 530 Organization of Information and Resources (4)
Introduction to issues in organization of information and documents including: analysis of intellectual and physical characteristics of documents; principles and practice in surrogate creation, including standards and selection of metadata elements; theory of classification, including semantic relationships and facet analysis; creation of controlled vocabularies; and display and arrangement. Prerequisite: LIS 500, which may be taken concurrently.

LIS 531 Catalogs, Cataloging, and Classification (4)
Develops an understanding of library catalogs as information retrieval systems. Introduces library cataloging and classification. Focus on principles and standards in the creation of catalogs and cataloging records. Includes practice in descriptive and subject cataloging and classification. User perspective emphasized throughout. Prerequisite: LIS 500, LIS 530.

LIS 533 Advanced Cataloging and Classification (4)
In-depth theory and practice in library cataloging and classification. Includes introduction to cataloging materials in a variety of formats. Prerequisite: LIS 500, LIS 530, and LIS 531.

LIS 534 Indigenous Systems of Knowledge (3)
Conceptual foundations and comparative analysis of indigenous knowledge organization systems. Feasibility and use of contemporary knowledge organization mechanisms including thesauri and ontologies in expressing the cultures and artifacts of indigenous peoples. Prerequisite: LIS 530 or permission of instructor.

LIS 535 Classification Theory (3) [same as INSC 535]
Survey of classificatory principles from bibliographic, philosophical, socio-cognitive, and linguistic perspectives. Overview of history of bibliographic classification and exploration of some existing bibliographic classification systems. Ramification of theoretical approach for classification practice. Prerequisite: LIS 530. Offered: jointly with INSC 535.

LIS 536 Indexing and Abstracting (3)
Exploration of issues in subject representation. Survey of different approaches, techniques, and methods for representing the subject matter of documents, including an evaluation of the role of users and context in subject representation. Formulation of policies for indexing and abstracting services. Prerequisite: LIS 530.

LIS 539 Special Topics in Organization of Information and Resources (1-4, max. 18) [offered infrequently]
Introduction to innovative and specialized topics in the organization of information and resources. Prerequisite: LIS 500, LIS 530.

LIS 584 Knowledge Management (3)
Introduction to contemporary topics in management of knowledge creation and use in organizations. Discussion topics include knowledge generation, knowledge taxonomy, knowledge transfer, organizational knowledge management practice, and knowledge management systems. Prerequisite: LIS 500; LIS 580, or permission of instructor.

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